Flores earns national pediatrics award

By Debbie Bolles

Dr. Glenn Flores, Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Sciences, has received the Academic Pediatric Association’s 2012 APA Research Award in recognition of research excellence and achievement in pediatrics.

Glenn Flores, MD

“Dr. Flores always has endeavored to conduct research that has the potential to have an immediate impact on children’s health,” said Marge Degnon, executive director of the APA. “His outstanding body of research on underserved children has established him as the nation’s leading expert in Latino children’s health, language issues in health care, and racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health.”

A plaque and a cash award were presented to Dr. Flores at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Boston.

“I am very grateful to the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and to Children’s Medical Center Dallas for facilitating my research endeavors,” said Dr. Flores, who also serves as Director of the Division of General Pediatrics, and Chief of General Pediatrics at Children’s. “I am honored and humbled to receive this lifetime achievement award from the APA, and to be the first minority recipient.”

In announcing the award, the APA said Dr. Flores’ research has focused on five key areas: Latino children’s health; culture and language in health care; improving the quality of care for underserved populations of children; prevention of pediatric hospitalizations; and racial or ethnic disparities in children’s health.

A faculty member since 2007, he also serves on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine composed of primary care providers. In 2010, he published a report on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric Research showing that minority children in the U.S. face a pervasive gap in the quality and extent of health care.

Dr. Flores has won numerous awards for his pediatric health efforts and research, including the Helen Rodriguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association in 2010 and the American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006.

Dr. Flores holds the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Chair in Pediatrics.